A New Map for Edinburgh

 

Cycling organisation the Bike Station launches its new map of
Edinburgh's principal off-road cycle paths.


The map, developed through the Bike Station's Climate Challenge Fund project A better way to
work
, shows Edinburgh's extensive off-road path network using the iconic style of the London
Underground Map. It clearly displays for the first time the scale of the network, demonstrating that
Edinburgh is fairly unique in Britain as no other town has such an extensive off-street system of
paths going through major urban areas.


The map is a ground-breaking way of finding your way around Edinburgh’s paths, and the
Innertube Map shows:
· each route in its own separate colour;
· all of the easily-cycled exits along each path;
· ‘by road’ connections between major paths;
· paths still under construction.


The map was conceived by Mark Sydenham of the Bike Station and designed by Martin Baillie of
the Hillside Agency, a Leith-based design agency.
To develop the map further, the Bike Station and Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust have
been awarded over £98,000 funding from the People's Postcode Lottery's Dream Fund.

Over the next twelve months some of the money will be used to carry out conservation work along the paths in the North of Edinburgh. Improvements will also be made to the signage and other amenities along the paths, in conjunction with other organisations including City of Edinburgh Council. An interactive map and website will demonstrate to cyclists and walkers alike the potential and extent of Edinburgh's paths as a means of moving about the city. This stage of the project will begin in April, and will provide volunteering opportunities to those interested in conservation and the promotion of Edinburgh's paths.


The Innertube Map was launched officially at the Map Reading Room, part of the National Library of Scotland on Friday. Launching the map at the Map
Reading Room, amongst historic maps of Edinburgh and elsewhere recognises Edinburgh's rich
history of mapping, including the Bartholomew's cycle maps which go back over a century and the
more recent Spokes cycle maps.

The map is free of charge and available from all local bike shops or you can download it from the downloads section of your ScotBUG or by clicking on the image above and following the link.